Listeriosis

Bacterial Diseases
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Animals Involved

Numerous mammals, birds, fish, crustaceans

Known Distributions

Worldwide

Probable Means of Spreading

Foodborne, especially unpasteurized dairy products, raw meat and fish, vegetables, processed foods contaminated after processing; ingestion of contaminated water, soil; direct contact with infected animals; nosocomial in hospitals, institutions

Clinical Manifestations in People

Acute, self­limited febrile gastroenteritis or mild, flu­like illness; ocular disease, conjunctivitis; abortion, premature or septicemic newborn if infected during pregnancy; meningitis, meningoencephalitis, septicemia in elderly, immunosuppressed, and infants; papular or pustular rash ± fever, chills in healthy adults after handling infected fetuses

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